Re: [BCAB] Using screen readers and hearing aids Caroline Silvferberg 21 Nov 2012 11:53 GMT

Matty,

In an open plan office, you will probably find it easier to be plugged into the computer than to use speakers so that background
noise is less of a problem for you.

If your hearing aids have a T setting for using an induction loop, you could buy a neck loop or induction hooks.  Both plug into a
headphone socket and work with the T setting.  Neck loops are just a loop of wire that goes around your neck and give mono sound.
Induction hooks are little loops that you put over the top of your ear (alongside a behind the ear hearing aid) and can give stereo
sound.  Both are more expensive than headphones but not too much so.

Some hearing aids have a direct audio input.  If yours do, you can get a direct audio lead, which plugs into a headphone socket and
then into each hearing aid.  You might need to also get what's known as a direct input shoe for each of your hearing aids.  That
just enables the lead to connect to the aid.  This option is a bit more expensive than a loop but not much and in my experience
gives better quality sound.

Some hearing aids have Bluetooth.  If the aids don't, you can buy Bluetooth receivers that plug into the direct audio inputs.  I'm
less clear on how the Bluetooth works as I've no experience of it.

There are lots of possible providers but I've used www.deafequipment.co.uk and the Action on Hearing Loss online shop in the past.

I hope you find something that works for you.

Regards,

Caroline
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From: Bcab [mailto:bcab-bounces@lists.bcab.org.uk] On Behalf Of Leach, Matthew
Sent: 21 November 2012 11:03
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Subject: [BCAB] Using screen readers and hearing aids

Good morning.

The subject line says it all.  I am currently working in an open plan office using JAWS as my screen reader with headphones.  At the
moment I am wearing one hearing aid but at some time in the next couple of months will be wearing two.  I should appreciate guidance
from those members in a similar position, e.g. should I be plugged into the computer or have a set of speakers to enable me to carry
out my work.  Any help will be appreciated.

Many thanks.

Matty.

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